Joe Thompson and dad Tony
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Stranded boy flies back from Dubai under hypnosis

A 12-year-old boy stranded in Dubai by an extreme fear of flying has finally arrived back in the UK.

Joe Thompson's family spent £40,000 on cancelled flights, phobia therapy and accommodation during their unexpected stay.

But the schoolboy was finally coached through his fear by cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist Russell Hemmings - and arrived back at Heathrow on Monday.

Joe's father Tony told BBC Radio 5 live's Richard Bacon: "I was absolutely amazed when Joe woke up on the plane... looked at me and smiled - and I realised it was all over."

  • 08 Oct 2013
  • From the section UK
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